U.S. ARMY GARRISON-WIESBADEN, Germany— In alignment with guidance from the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, personnel who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for at least 14 daysfollowing the onset of symptoms.If a person is no longer experiencing symptoms at the end of the 14 day period, U.S. Army Europemedical personnel will test them again to see if traces of the virus are still present. If a person is stillexperiencing symptoms, an additional week of isolation is required.A public health worker, functioning under the authority of a supervising garrison public healthemergency officer, is authorized to release a positive individual or those identified to have a personunder investigation status.“Per CDC guidance, we wait until individuals have tested negative twice before releasing them, “ Maj.Joel Osterhout, a public health emergency officer at Wiesbaden Army Medical Clinic said.If an individual tests positive and lives with a roommate, they must separate to reduce the risk ofspreading it. At that point, roommates should quarantine and monitor for symptoms.“Once that person is tested, they would become a Person Under Investigation,” Osterhout said. “Theyare put on isolation for 14 days starting from the onset of symptoms. Even if that test is negative, theycontinue to stay in quarantine for 14 days.”If, at the end of 14 days, they have been free of symptoms for three consecutive days, they will likely bereviewed for release from self-isolation.While individuals are quarantined, self-isolated, or on restriction of movement, it is the responsibility ofthe individual’s unit to provide support and make sure their basic needs are met.According to the U.S. Army Europe COVID-19 Q&A web page, family members who have been in contactwith a COVID-19 positive individual but don’t have symptoms will be placed under restriction ofmovement status and will be isolated for 14 days from the date of exposure.If at the end of 14 days they have been symptom free for three consecutive days, public healthpersonnel will recommend release. Release authority is the first battalion commander in their chain ofcommand or colonel-level staff supervisor in the supervisory chain of command.To find the U.S. Army Europe COVID-19 Q&A web page and other COVID-19 related information, visit theU.S. Army Europe COVID-19 website at https://www.eur.army.mil/coronavirus/